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message 1: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten I need to give this a look.


message 2: by Terry (new)

Terry This is one of my all-time favourites.


message 3: by Mark (new)

Mark great book. great review


message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate Sherrod I'm always sort of stunned when I have to explain what "hrair" means. Such a useful term, that. And only five characters!


message 5: by Terry (new)

Terry Indeed Kate! I love all of Adams' made-up lapine words and the whole rabbit culture he created, it's the real hraka!


message 6: by Kris (last edited Sep 07, 2012 05:34AM) (new)

Kris Wonderful review, Terry. You captured so much of what I love about this book. I read it to pieces when I was young. I have to revisit it.

BTW, have you read Duncton Wood? Not as good as Watership Down, but I remember being absorbed by it when I read it as a teenager.


message 7: by Terry (new)

Terry Thanks Kris! No, I haven't read that one, though I have seen it many times. For some reason or other I've avoided pretty much every 'talking animal' book that took _Watership Down_ as its model. I think part of me has a hard time believing anyone will do justice to the idea in the way Adams did and produce anything other than a "people in animal suits" story. For my money Adams wins for two reasons: he manages to make his rabbits unique and distinctly not-human even while he makes them understandable, and he ties that in with a compelling story.


message 8: by Kris (new)

Kris Laughing here - I agree with you about the many dangers and pitfalls in trying to recapture the magic of a loved book by seeking out other book that seem similar, especially when talking animals are involved. I think the key to Adams is, as you said, his ability to make the rabbits so complex and interesting, and not human. I think Horwood comes closer to anthropomorphizing the moles - but again, it's been decades since I read him, so I may be doing him a disservice.


message 9: by Terence (new)

Terence "Tharn" has to be one of the most useful words added to the English lexicon since Shakespeare's day :-)


message 10: by Terry (new)

Terry I agree Terence :) I think Adams did a great job on his language...even if it was only a few words. I just discovered that others have gone ahead and expanded Lapine into a much fuller language...weird.


message 11: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Great review Terry! I need to read this one. I loved the cartoon version with the Art Garfunkel lament song, but man, talk about *sniff*! This, Old Yeller, and Charlotte's Web were favorites of my teachers in elementary school. I swear they liked to play the movies for us just to watch us all cry. Sadistic.


message 12: by Terence (new)

Terence Jason wrote: "Great review Terry! I need to read this one. I loved the cartoon version with the Art Garfunkel lament song, but man, talk about *sniff*! This, Old Yeller, and Charlotte's Web were favorites of my ..."

Did your sadistic elementary school teachers ever screen for their little charges a movie called JT? It's about an Afr-Amer kid and a cat he befriends; you can imagine how things turn out. My sadistic teachers showed it to us in 2nd grade.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Great review. I am one of the people who get this book.


message 14: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Terence wrote: "Jason wrote: "Great review Terry! I need to read this one. I loved the cartoon version with the Art Garfunkel lament song, but man, talk about *sniff*! This, Old Yeller, and Charlotte's Web were fa..."

No, never even heard of JT, but yes, I can imagine. I understand wanting to teaching a lesson about life and death. That's fine. But really they needed to stop after the first one, maybe two. Oh no, they had to pound that shit home!


message 15: by Terry (new)

Terry Jason wrote: "Great review Terry! I need to read this one. I loved the cartoon version with the Art Garfunkel lament song, but man, talk about *sniff*! ..."

Thanks Jason. I have to admit that I first came to the story through the movie. My big brother took me to a double-feature of it and Bakshi's Fellowship of the Ring movie. I'm apparently one of the few kids who saw the movie who didn't hate it based on the vitriol I generally see when the movie is mentioned.

That said the book is obviously leagues better!


message 16: by Terry (new)

Terry Steve wrote: "Great review. I am one of the people who get this book."

Thanks Steve...we few, we happy few!


message 17: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Terry wrote: "Jason wrote: "Great review Terry! I need to read this one. I loved the cartoon version with the Art Garfunkel lament song, but man, talk about *sniff*! ..."

Thanks Jason. I have to admit that I f..."


Don't get me wrong, I love the movie (and Bakshi's "Fellowship..."!). It just used to (and probably still would) make me all weepy.


message 18: by Mark (new)

Mark Loved the review the first time i read it and just as you re-read and loved the book so I re-read and loved the review. sadly i can't vote a second time. WD is a great book for its deeper meaning but come on it is also about rabbits so who couldn't love it !!


message 19: by Terry (new)

Terry Wow, thanks very much Mark! It's autumn and I find myself in a re-reading mood.


message 20: by Terry (new)

Terry Whose bunny freedom were you worried about Kat? Hazel's group managed to retain theirs :)


message 21: by Heath (new)

Heath Churchland "bright eyes", fantastic book!!


message 22: by Mary (new)

Mary Franklin Wonderful review! Thanks for sharing.


message 23: by Terry (new)

Terry Thanks Mary!


message 24: by Stuart (new)

Stuart My absolute favorite story growing up since my dad read it to me over many months as a bedtime story, and I then did the same for my daughter when she was 7-8 years old. Epic, exciting, funny (El-ahrairah), intense (Big Wig vs. General Woundwart), and moving. Worth all 5 stars and more!


message 25: by Terry (new)

Terry Indeed Stuart! I love this book more and more each time I come back to it.


message 26: by Isaiah (new)

Isaiah My teacher said the same comment! (there are two groups of people)


message 27: by Anne ✨ (new)

Anne ✨ Great review! An all-time favorite book for me!


message 28: by Terry (new)

Terry Thanks Anne, obviously it's one of mine as well!


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